V.I.B. (very impressive book) Picks
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Amor Towles has penned another winner with A GENTLEMAN IN MOSOW. In 1922, the Bolsheviks sentence Count Alexander Rostov to lifelong house arrest in the Metropol Hotel, the elegant hub of old Russia and the new Soviet Union. Towles' brilliant outcome is ANY HUMAN HEART meets GRAND HOTEL, with a little bit of Eloise on the side. The Count may not be able to leave the Metropol, as he will be shot if he steps foot outside, but the outside world comes to him. Soviet leaders, movie stars, diplomats, international businessmen, poets and dissidents all find their way to this still grand hotel. With a rich and intriguing cast of characters, a cinematic touch and engaging style, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW is already a top pick for the Fall season and beyond. I loved it loved it loved it! - Cathy Langer, lead buyer
"Cover to cover - one of my favorite books of 2016!" - Paula B.
"Charming characters and wonderful descriptions." - Pat H.
"Exquisitely written and transports readers into the story immediately." - Lisa C.
Purchase this and previous V.I.B.s below:
Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer